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It’s easy to get started using homeopathy at home. You don’t need to be an expert in anatomy, physiology, or pharmacology. You only need to be able to observe your and your family’s symptoms and any changes you might see in those symptoms.

By using the information on this site you can quickly learn enough about homeopathy to use it at home to care for yourself and your family to address minor illnesses and injuries that don’t necessarily need a doctor’s care. Check out the Getting Started with Homeopathy page to learn more.

Treating at Home

Below is a searchable database of common illnesses and injuries that can be quickly and easily treated with homeopathy at home. To search the database, simply type in the symptom, illness, or injury for which you'd like to find a remedy in the search box below.

We recommend supplementing this database with a book or two about treating homeopathy at home, such as:

  • Homeopathic Medicine At Home by Maesimund B. Panos MD, Jane Heimlich and Dr Robert Mendelsohn
  • The Family Guide to Homeopathy: Symptoms and Natural Solutions by Andrew Lockie
  • The Complete Homeopathy Handbook by Miranda Castro
  • Everybody's Guide to Homeopathic Medicines by Stephen Cummings and Dana Ullman
  • Easy Homeopathy by Edward Shalts, MD

These and many other books about homeopathy can be purchased online or at your local bookstore.

And remember, if you are experiencing a serious medical condition or a medical emergency, be sure to consult a professional homeopath.


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Indigestion, nausea, vomiting, or and upset stomach can affect anyone and sometimes strike without warning. Whether you’re at home or out and about, homeopathy can help relieve these symptoms and restore your health.

Consider the following remedies when treating indigestion, nausea, or vomiting:

  • Antimonium crudum: vomit right after eating or drinking; constant belching; white-coated tongue; from overeating or eating indigestible substance.
  • Arsenicum: cannot bear sight or smell of food; burning pains in abdomen relieved by heat.
  • Bryonia: stomach feels heavy after eating and is sensitive to touch; burps taste bitter; thirsty for long drinks of cold water and may vomit from warm drinks. Stitching, tearing pains, worse from the slightest movement; vomiting of bile or water. Irritable.
  • Carbo vegetabilis: gas and belching about 30 minutes after eating; even the simplest food disagrees with the person. Averse to meat, milk, and fatty foods; wants clothing loose around abdomen; chilly, but better from cold; craves fresh moving air, like from being fanned.
  • Chamomilla: bitter taste in mouth; one cheek may be red and hot and the other pale and cold; indigestion after a fit of anger or irritability; abdomen distended with gas, cramping; extreme restlessness, anxious tossing; very sensitive to pain.
  • Colocynthis: severe cutting abdominal pain causing the person to double up; it is worse from anger or indignation; better with strong pressure and warmth.
  • Ignatia: rumbling in the bowels; sour belching; craves food that doesn’t agree with them; might occur after receiving bad news or shock; frequent sighing; sensitive, nervous, excitable.
  • Ipecac: constant and continual nausea; much saliva; gripping intestinal pains; tongue clean; worse smell of food; usually a great deal of vomiting, sometimes continuous; also diarrhea with nausea; better with the slightest motion.
  • Nux vomica: heartburn; sour bitter belching; abdominal bloating a few hours after eating; empty retching; headache; drowsy; mentally dull; very sensitive to stimuli (noise, odors, light, etc); irritable; worse with eating, stimulants, and the open air; better from uninterrupted nap or warmth; hard-driving personality; illness after over-work, overeating, use of alcohol, coffee or other drugs; often used for hangovers.
  • Phosphorus: similar to Arsenicum (much vomiting and diarrhea, burning pains, weakness, anxiety, and restlessness); sour taste and belching; nausea worse with warm drinks; great thirst for cold water which is vomited as soon as it becomes warm in the stomach; vomiting blood; sense of emptiness and weakness in abdomen; empty hungry feeling may keep person awake at night.
  • Pulsatilla: heartburn; queasiness; dry mouth with bad taste; sense of heaviness after eating; tongue coated thickly with white or yellow material; averse to fatty foods; wants clothing loose around abdomen; peevish, weepy; wants sympathy and comfort. Indigestion due to improper diet, especially rich, fatty foods, ice cream.
  • Veratrum album: person feels cold to touch; cold sweat, especially on forehead; person feels chilly; exhaustion, even collapse; cramping in extremities.

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There are two main remedies for appropriate for most inestct bites and stings and you should find them in any homeopathic kit:

  • Apis mellifica: This remedy is not just for beestings, but for any insect bite with swelling. The bites feel better from cold applications.
  • Ledum palustre: For insect bites or stings of any kind without significant swelling, including mosquito, flea, or tick bites. 

The following remedies are less commonly needed for insect bites and stings and rarely found in standard homeopathic kits:

  • Androctonus: This is the first choice for scorpion bites; otehrwise, use Ledum.
  • Carbolic acid: This is for anaphylactic reactions or collapse after bee or wasp stings, with hives all over teh body and dangerous swelling of the face, tongue, and throat.

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Ten Homeopathic Remedies for Simple Insomnia
 
  • Coffea cruda - Drinking coffee causes a wakeful, somewhat excited state, and homeopathically prepared coffee is indicated for persons in just that same state.This state is sometimes caused by joy, pleasurable excitement, or sudden happy surprises as well as by unexpected bad news. Such a state may also be found in those who drink too much wine or in those over-fatigued from long journeys. When the person lies down to attempt to sleep, the mind is simply awake with a flow of ideas.
  • Nux vomica - In the classic Nux vomica type of insomnia, the patient can often fall asleep early, but awakens at 3:00 or 4:00 a.m. with great mental activity or worries. When the time to rise rolls around, the patient finally feels able to sleep but instead must get up in a tired, irritable state. This type of acute insomnia is commonly brought on by the overuse of drugs and/or stimulants including alcohol, coffee, and wine, or by overwork or excess studying. The typical Nux vomica patient is irritable, easily angered, and impatient—in short, a grump. They are often chilly, nervous, and excitable.
  • Aconite - The patient needing Aconite is restless and excited with an anguished kind of fear. Such a state often comes on in the early stages of a sudden acute illness, often after a chill. But this state may also be caused by a shock or fright, such as a serious accident, natural disaster, or operation.
  • Chamomilla - Those needing Chamomilla are usually in an irritable, uncivil state. They are often frantic with pain or irritability and say they "cannot stand it." They may have the peculiar symptom of being drowsy during the day, but unable to sleep in spite of sleepiness. This irritability is often found in teething infants who insist on being carried, or in adults who will walk the floor.
  • Arnica - This is a well-known remedy for those with bruises and other sorts of trauma, and those needing this remedy for insomnia have often been in a recent accident or had recent exertion and strain. Such a state is known to travelers as "jet lag." Many of my patients routinely use Arnica for jet lag with great success. The patient is overtired but cannot sleep and may feel bruised, or the bed may feel too hard. Remember Arnica for those who have nightmares of the accidents or the injuries that they have suffered.
  • Cocculus - Those needing this remedy are sleepless from exhaustion. This often comes on from loss of sleep associated with night watching or nursing ill persons. Their sleep may be interrupted by waking and starting. Patients needing this remedy are often emotionally sensitive, easily offended, and intolerant of contradiction, or they may be extremely sad.Motion sickness is a symptom often seen in those who will respond to this remedy.
  • Belladonna - Patients who need this remedy may be sleepy, yet unable to sleep. They often start or jerk suddenly during sleep or when falling asleep. Teeth-grinding during sleep is a common symptom. They are often restless. This type of sleepless state is often seen in those coming down with an acute illness or fever.
  • Gelsemium - Those needing this remedy for insomnia are often dull and drowsy, maybe even trembling. Yet they cannot get fully to sleep; their bodies are still and they may appear asleep from the outside, but they are on the edge of sleep internally. Sometimes they start on falling asleep. When finally asleep they may have restless sleep or a stupid, heavy sleep. Or, conversely, they may have a sort of nervous irritation, much like the Coffea patient, that comes on from anticipation of an upcoming event.
  • Capsicum - Think of homeopathic Capsicum for those with sleeplessness from homesickness or similar emotional states, especially if they have red cheeks.
  • Staphysagria - Consider this remedy for those who are sleepless after a fit of anger or after a dispute in which their honor was wounded and they suppressed their anger. (Some of the other remedies mentioned, such as Nux vomica, Aconite, Chamomilla, and Coffea also may have sleeplessness after a fit of anger. Look at other characteristics to distinguish one from the other.) Patients needing this remedy are often snappish and take offense easily.
There are other remedies that might be considered for acute insomnia. If none of the above remedies seems to fit your situation, then look in one of the many homeopathic self-care books or a comprehensive homeopathic materia medica for other ideas. If, however, you have chronic, long-term insomnia, it's best to consult a trained homeopathic practitioner.
 

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Many IC patients have found significant or complete relief from their IC symptoms through homeopathy. But because homeopathy is patient-specific rather than disease-specific (as conventional medicine is), one interstitial cystitis patient may require a completely different homeopathic remedy than the next. The symptoms that lead a homeopath to choose a helpful remedy are often not the urinary pain, urgency, and frequency that are common in most people with interstitial cystitis (unless the urinary symptoms are unusually intense or unique). Instead, it is usually the constitutional remedy that fit the patient’s overall mental, emotional, and physical nature that alleviates the IC. NCH recommends seeking assistance from a trained professional homeopath to treat the symptoms of IC. Visit our Practitioner Directory to find a homeopath near you.

Read more about one homeopath’s successful experiences treating patients with IC.